Oregon Bach Festival
This is the final weekend of Oregon Bach Festival! On Friday, the day kicks off with Inside the Music Score Brunch, where guests learn more about Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet. Then, in the evening, OBF hosts Darrell Grant as he performs “The Territory,” a musical exploration of Oregon’s geographical and cultural history, from the floods and eruptions that formed its unique landscape, to the experiences of native peoples, settlers, and immigrants who have called Oregon home. Read more about Grant’s performance from the Register Guard and KLCC.
On Saturday, the final day of OBF begins with a family event as soprano Julia Sophie Wagner presents Princess Elise. In the afternoon, listen as the OBF Organ Institute presents the culminating performance at First United Methodist Church. Then in the evening, OBF presents its final 2019 performance: Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet, led by John Nelson.
Learn more on Oregon Bach Festival’s website.
OBF in the News:
"The mythical religious journey often begins with a dark time leading through struggle in order to find the light at the end. DanceAbility International’s collaboration with the University of Oregon and the Oregon Bach Festival chooses not to mirror this trope, but rather to reveal that this darkness will lead to light. But what is important is the personal transformation along what can be a joyous and a perilous pilgrimage to salvation." Read more about Bach in Motion from the Register Guard.
Congrats, Scott Allen Jarrett! As the conductor for our beloved Discovery Series and a leading Bach interpreter, he is now adding another title: president of the Early Music America board.
Also, Oregon Quarterly celebrates its 100th anniversary and in honor, it created a list of 100 Ducks who made a difference: alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of the university, from 1919 to present. One of those is OBF’s very own Helmuth Rilling, cofounder and artistic director emeritus.
Pianofest in the Hamptons
A must-have for your calendar next week: actor Alec Baldwin will host the July 15 Pianofest in the Hamptons concert at Avram Theater, on the campus of Stony Brook Southampton. Baldwin brings his witty and poignant humor to Pianofest for one-night only, providing his commentary to the evening’s performances from multiple pianists. Concert program and artists will be announced the day of the performance.
Josef Gingold Chamber Music
After a resounding opening performance, the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami has a full weekend. On Friday, Gingold Festival faculty will take a Slavic journey with the audience. Join pianists Alon Goldstein and Wendy Chen, violinist Andres Cardenes, violist Paul Coletti and cellist Andres Diaz.
On July 13, the Gingold Festival Virtuosi will perform music of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Mozart in a recital titled "Early and Late Bloomers".
Learn more on the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival website.
Miller Symphony Hall
This Saturday, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road! Hear something that will amaze your ears and astound your eyes! Classical Mystery Tour performs dozens of Beatles songs exactly as they were originally recorded – live on stage at Miller Symphony Hall with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Learn more on the Miller Symphony Hall website.
Timothy Myers, conductor
Conductor Timothy Myers recently sat down for an interview with Classical 95.5 KHFM Public Radio about conducting The Pearl Fishers at Santa Fe Opera. "It's important to remember that a score is not the music. It's what you do with the score is the music. Marking a score is an individual process of ingesting the material to get it into your brain, your blood, and your body. It's your time to figure out what kind of reminders you'll need if you are using the score in performance. This review process allows you to represent the piece at a very high level."
Further, The Santa Fe New Mexican recently reviewed The Pearl Fishers’ opening night. “Timothy Myers emphasized dramatic contrasts in his conducting, with a wide range of dynamics, propulsive fast tempos and slower sections that at first seemed leisurely, but then built up suspense to intense climaxes. The orchestra played extremely well, with principal players and small groupings given a chance to shine via Bizet’s ear for unique instrumental combinations.”
Opera Warhorses said: “Kansas Maestro Timothy Myers conducted the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and Chorus (the latter using Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artists) in a luminous performance of Bizet’s exotic and romantically melodious score.”
Tim also gave an interview with Primephonic, the classical music streaming service, and shared a “favorites” playlist for the music app. Check it out!
Congratulations, Tim, for an incredible opening weekend!
Ching-Yun Hu, piano
After a bit of a rest, Ching-Yun Hu is recharged and ready to go on her Silk Road Journey II. She will perform July 17 and 18 in Urumqi, China; and July 20-24 at the Lanzhou International Music Festival. See her full schedule on her website.
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
The Aspen Times’ review of Nic conducting at the Aspen Music Festival: “The Vivaldi was in McGegan’s wheelhouse…he laid the foundation for brilliant playing from Hungarian trumpet virtuoso Tamás Pálfalvi and the Atlanta Symphony’s principal trumpet Stuart Stephenson.” Read the full review.